U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley visits MHS government students

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley answers a student’s question during a visit to Marshalltown High School Wednesday.

Government students at Marshalltown High School met longtime U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley as part of the senator’s tour of the Iowa’s 99 counties Wednesday. 

Grassley – the President Pro-Tempore of the U.S. Senate – shared information about lawmaking at the federal level. The students were able to ask him several thoughtful questions, with topics ranging from taxation to the presidential transition and immigration to special education funding. 

One topic Grassley noted several times was bipartisanship at the federal level, including with fellow senators and with incoming President-elect Joe Biden. 

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, right, discusses meeting with Sen. Grassley in Washington, D.C. along with fellow superintendents

“As a senator, I found [Biden] very easy to work with. He’s a Democrat, I’m a Republican, but we can work together,” Grassley said.

Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said he and fellow Iowa superintendents have met with Grassley in Washington, D.C. several times to discuss important topics in public education.

“[Grassley] always makes the time to sit down and talk to us about what he would like to see and feels like education needs to provide you with the best education possible,” Dr. Schutte said.

He also thanked Grassley for the federal aid given to public schools last spring in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as for the upcoming aid package passed by Congress.